U.S. Cellular rolls out 4G LTE in 11 more markets with Nokia Siemens Networks

Telecom Lead America: Nokia Siemens Networks has helped U.S. Cellular successfully launch a 4G LTE network along with its partner, King Street Wireless, in 11 markets covering select cities in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Nokia Siemens Networks was selected by U.S. Cellular for the second wave of the 4G LTE network rollout, providing Radio Access Network (RAN) and Mobile Management Entity (MME) technology.

In the first wave of the 4G LTE rollout, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Home Subscriber Services (HSS) for U.S. Cellular. The installation of the 4G LTE core was included in nine separate markets.

“U.S. Cellular is focused on providing the world’s best customer experience and delivering industry-leading innovations. We are building on this commitment by rapidly expanding the 4G LTE network, which currently covers 58 percent of our customers and will reach 87 percent of our customers by the end of this year,” said Michael Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer for U.S. Cellular.

“Nokia Siemens Networks launched 11 of our markets to help us meet this aggressive timeline and completed the deployment of the core network elements ahead of schedule,” Irizarry added.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is providing the 4G LTE access network and expanding the EPC capacity to support U.S. Cellular’s new markets. This includes 4G LTE base stations (eNode Bs), using Nokia Siemens Networks’ award-winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station, and Mobile Management Entity (MME). The agreement also covers network implementation services as well as hardware and software services.

“Our competency in LTE, flawless execution of the LTE core network elements, and willingness to go above and beyond expectations is why U.S. Cellular entrusted us with the next wave of their LTE network,” said Rick Corker, head of North America at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks helps Saudi Telecom manage Hajj mobile broadband rush

In mobile broadband segment Nokia Siemens has helped Saudi Telecom Company (STC) deliver the best mobile broadband experience to Hajj pilgrims this year.

The partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks has helped STC maintain its network performance at the best rate with 99.9 percent network availability, despite the huge increase in the traffic.

[email protected]